Idioms are a great way to sound more natural when you are speaking English. Each country usually has their own idioms. However, British English has lots of strange idioms that are confusing at first, but are really fun when you understand them. Idioms are a great way to express a difficult idea in an easy way and can often be funny at the same time.

What does have a gander mean?

Well, when a British person says “have a gander” they are basically saying “have a look” at something.

We often use it when we want somebody to check something for us. You can also use the verb take and ask someone to “take a gander” at something.

It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like. However, this phrase is only common in the UK, and more specifically in the north of England. English speakers from other countries might not be familiar with this expression. In other words, be careful where you use this phrase.

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How Do you use have a chinwag?

A good way to understand idioms is to see examples of them in use. Therefore, here are some examples of sentences which use this idiom:

  • Can you have a gander at this error message for me?
  • I had a gander at that textbook you recommended last week.
  • Take a gander at this report when you get chance.
  • Did you take a gander at their holiday pics yet?
  • I love having a gander around the market.
  • He is always trying to take a gander at my test answers.

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